21 July 2014
Digital sales in January to April 2014 rose 10.5% over the same period last year, according to the Publishers Association (PA) Digital Sales Monitor.
Reported digital sales in the period were worth £132.5m, by comparison with £119.9m in 2013.
There were similar rises in the consumer sector (10%) and in the educational/professional sector (11%). Digital fiction sales rose 8%, and adult non-fiction rose 10%. Digital sales of children's titles rose - from a low base - by 33%.
In the educational/professional sector, the largest growth was in Scientific Technical and Medical (STM) books, where sales increased by 16%. In schools/English Language Teaching (ELT), sales grew 14%, and in social sciences/humanities there was an 11% rise.
The fastest growing digital format in the consumer sector was audiobook downloads, which increased 22% to £2.6m. In the educational/professional sector ebooks sales rose 7.5% to £17.6m, while online subscriptions increased 17% to £30m.
Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of the PA, said: "The Publishers Association Digital Sales Monitor shows the continuing development and growth of digital publishing in the UK. Increases in digital sales in both consumer and non-consumer sectors shows how publishing as an industry has embraced digital technology and continued its strong track record of innovation and service delivery."
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